Posted on Aug 03, 2011, 6 a.m.
Among Type-2 diabetics, consuming two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrates proved effective at glycemic and serum lipid control
Eating nuts every day could help control Type 2 diabetes and prevent its complications. David Jenkins, from the University of Toronto (Canada), and colleagues provided three different diet supplements to subjects with Type 2 diabetes. One group was given muffins, one was provided with a mixture of nuts including raw almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews, and macadamias, and one group was given a mixture of muffins and nuts. Subjects receiving the nut-only supplement reported the greatest improvement in blood glucose control using the glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test. The nut diet subjects also experienced a reduction in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL, or "bad cholesterol"). The team concludes that: “Two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrate foods improved both glycemic control and serum lipids in type 2 diabetes.”
David J.A. Jenkins, Cyril W.C. Kendall, Monica S. Banach, Korbua Srichaikul, Edward Vidgen, Sandy Mitchell, et al. “Nuts as a Replacement for Carbohydrates in the Diabetic Diet.” Diabetes Care, June 29, 2011.